Sindhu is playing the semi-final at the World Badminton Championships for the third straight year, and the two-time silver medallist is looking to reach her third straight World Championships final. The Indian ace will have Pullela Gopichand and South Korean coach Kim Ji Hyun, in her corner. Sindhu has already assured herself a fifth medal at the World Championships.
Hat-trick of finals! 💪@Pvsindhu1 maintains her perfect record against Chinese shuttlers at #BWFWorldChampionships to dismiss WR 3 #ChenYufei 2⃣1⃣-7⃣, 2⃣1⃣-1⃣4⃣ to advance to the final for the 3rd year in a row!— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 24, 2019
One win away from the #GOLD! 👏#IndiaontheRise #Sindhu pic.twitter.com/kaCbkpECst
Chen Yu Fei gets a point with a cool daft net shot but not after PV Sindhu got three points with mistakes from the Chinese.
Sindhu wrestles back the control of the game with some smart badminton. At points toying with Chen.
Long Shot... drop... smash and Sindhu gets the point. The Story So Far!
PV SINDHU 18-5 CHEN YU FEI
Chen Yu Fei fails to get the advantage and PV Sindhu gets the service back.
Beatiful badminton from Sindhu. She works the court with Chen and then pushes her to her right only to finish the point off with a marvellous smash on the right.
Sindhu leads 11-3 at the half-way point. Chen needs to get back into the match... fast!
PV SINDHU 11-3 CHEN YU FEI
PV Sindhu gets the first point as Chen Yu Fei hits it wide.
Sindhu then got her smash wrong.
Chen made an unforced error, hitting the backhand into the net.
Sindhu got the perfect drop after a rather back and forth rally.
Chen again hits it long from the third court.
Chen worked Sindhu around the court and then finished the point off with smart smash to leave the Indian wrong-footed.
PV SINDHU 4-2 CHEN YU FEI
The world number 5, PV Sindhu beat Tai Tzu Ying, who is ranked two in the world, 12-21, 23-21, 21-19 in an hour and 11 minutes.
"I gave away the lead in the first game. It was hard to come back. In the second game, we fought until the last point. At 20-20, it was anybody's game," Sindhu, the Rio Olympics silver medallist said.
"I was trailing in the third game but I fought hard," she added.
PV Sindhu has had the better of Chen in their 8 meetings so far, leading 5-3.
Here are the results of the past meetings -
PV Sindhu takes on Chen Yu Fei in the semi-final of the BWF World Championships in Basel on Saturday.
PV Sindhu vs Chen Yu Fei match is a repeat of the 2017 World Championships semi-final. In fact, in Sindhu's six World Championships appearances so far, She has not lost against a player from China yet.
Chen, who is seeded 4th and ranked 3 in the world, when she won China Open 2018, her first major triumph, where she defeated Sindhu on course to the title. Chen has also won the All England in 2019, Swiss Open, Indonesia Open and Australian Open titles.
She also has a win-loss record of 39/5 this year, as compared to Sindhu’s 19/9.
Though, PV Sindhu and Chen Yu Fei last met at the Indonesia Open in July, when the Indian ace got the better of her Chinese opponent. In fact, Sindhu has a 5-3 head-to-head record against Chen.
"I need to focus and get back for the next game. I am not happy with this win, there is still the semifinal to play for and I hope to give my best," Sindhu said after her win over Tai Tzu.
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